November 13, 2014 - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore News Release
The National Park Service is looking to reestablish a working agricultural landscape at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm. Proposals are invited from the private sector to lease the historic farm, on a long-term basis, to conduct sustainable agriculture enterprises.
The properties offered for lease in this request include the outbuildings and fields at the Chellberg Farm located at 900 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter, IN. The National Park Service will also consider an option to include the Charles P. Nelson House, located directly across the street from the farm, to be used as a residence.
The length of the lease is expected to be 10 years, but up to 60 years may be considered based on circumstances. The cost of the lease may vary, but will be benchmarked at 10% of gross revenue, with a 1% reduction for certified organic products.
Proposals will be evaluated on a number of factors including their compatibility with the preservation, protection and visitor enjoyment of the park, as well as being compatible with the park’s educational and interpretive programming.
Proposals must be submitted by January 9, 2015. Details on this Request for Proposals can be found online at: http://concessions.nps.gov/news_INDU_RFP.htm. If you are interested in learning more about leasing these historic properties or in scheduling a site visit, please contact the national lakeshore’s Administrator Officer Liz McConnell at 219-395-1703.